MADISON (WITI) — On January 25, Governor Walker declared a State of Emergency in response to the propane shortage that is impacting Wisconsin in advance of the extremely dangerous temperatures that are expected to move across Wisconsin in the week ahead. The declaration puts all state agencies on alert to be prepared to assist as needed in response to the cold weather snap and propane shortage.
The supply shortage in the upper Midwest has caused delivery delays and reduced delivery amounts for propane customers in Wisconsin, as well as all Midwestern states. The propane shortage has been caused by:
- unusually cold winter temperatures
- a major pipeline that supplies propane to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa was temporarily closed for maintenance from November 28 – December 18
- a wet fall increased propane demand for grain drying
What Citizens Can Do
- Call the non-emergency number of your local sheriff’s department if you need the location of a local warming shelter or other local resources. As always, call 911 for an emergency.
- Check on friends, neighbors and loved ones to ensure everyone has a warm place to stay.
- Call toll-free 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) for information about where you can purchase propane in your area, or to apply for assistance towards your propane heating bill. To apply for heating assistance through the WHEAP program, go to www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov. Your local agency will determine eligibility for heating benefits based upon your household income, size, and the home’s heating costs. If you are eligible, the WHEAP program will make a payment directly to your fuel supplier towards the cost of your propane. These benefits are available through May 15, 2014. Your local agency will also determine if you are eligible for Crisis Benefits.
- If you leave your home for an extended period, turn off the water and drain your pipes to ensure they pipes do not freeze in your absence.
- If you need assistance with your pet, please call your local warming shelter/human services agency as some warming shelters also offer pet shelter.
- Please donate to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund (KWWF) to help those impacted by the crisis. Credit card donations accepted:
- Online at www.kwwf.org/donate
- By phone at 608-333-0809